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Ian M Banks’ The Culture

June 11, 2016 jlion 0

It’s perhaps a little ironic that a drone introduced me to Ian M Banks’ Culture Series.

The second of the two drone ships that Elon Musk created as platforms for his SpaceX project was named “Of Course I Still Love You”. I read about this, found it intriguing, and picked up Consider Phlebas, the first of the Culture …

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How to generate random data

June 9, 2016 jlion 0

I’ve been doing some performance testing of sql recently and wanted lots of data to work with. I didn’t want real data, with names and other confidential information. I’ve been using a function I created a few years ago and which is presented below. The function can be used to generate either numerical data, alpha data, or a combination, within …